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Have you always dreamed of designing your own shed? With your vision and a plan, anything’s possible!

To help you bring your dream shed to life, we’ve compiled some helpful tips that you can use to design your own personal escape. Let’s start with how you imagine putting your new custom shed to use.

First, Decide How You Want to Use Your Shed

How you’d like to use your custom shed will determine almost every other part of the design process. From choosing a building style to adding on unique features, follow your imagination as you create a one-of-a-kind design that reflects your style and matches your outdoor dreams.  

Looking for some inspiration? Some popular uses for custom sheds include:

  • A pool house
  • A bar shed or private backyard pub
  • A standalone home office away from home
  • An art or music studio
  • A home gym
  • A storage space for gardening tools
  • A workshop for passion projects
  • Your own personal yoga studio
  • A hangout space for friends and family
Designing Your Own Shed
16X24 Lexington with loft, large front windows, side windows with transom, double doors and ramp, and vinyl board and batten siding.

Second, Choose Your Shed Location

The next design step is to pick the perfect location for your shed. If you’re planning on using it as an extension of your home, situating it close to the house may make the most sense. Alternatively, if you imagine your shed as your own personal oasis, situate it somewhere private, perhaps near your pool or a favorite spot in the garden.

Then, Match the Shed’s Style to Its Function

After you have a good idea of how you’d like to use your shed and where it will go, your next design step is to pick a style that matches its function.

For example, if you’re not looking to build a bar or outdoor cooking shed, you’ll most likely not want a shed style that has a service counter. Instead, you may imagine creating a home office. In which case you might prefer a design with larger doors and windows where you can let in plenty of natural light as you work while maintaining some privacy and seclusion.

If a Little Extra Space Is Needed

Do you find that specific shed styles do not match your needs? Perhaps your personal escape will serve more than one purpose? In this case, you may want to consider building a custom larger shed so that you can enjoy multiple activities under one roof!

16X24 Cohasset with transom window, 6′ sliding door with ramp, and vinyl siding with trim

Custom Features, Anyone?

Once you’ve decided how you are going to use your shed, where you will put it, and how it will look, you can turn your attention to some custom features to add your own personal touch to the final design. Some useful options include:

  • Room partitions for a mixed-use space
  • Storage lofts to free up floor space
  • Built-in workbenches and storage shelves
  • Custom-built bar counter for serving up refreshing drinks
  • Custom window configurations to maximize natural light
  • Electrical connections to power up the fun
  • A roomy porch to relax in your yard and enjoy the beautiful New England air

Using Premium Materials

Unlike sheds selected from a big box store, when you custom-design your own personal escape, you can also ensure that it is built with only the finest, home-grade premium materials. From architectural shingles on top down to redwood floor joists below, using high-quality professional building materials ensures your building will last longer and hold up to decades of use.

16X24 Cohasset with gable dormer, stone siding, cedar clapboard and shingles, and ramp.

Finally, Find the Right Shed Builder

Of course, the success of any design is in the execution. To make sure your design is faithful to your vision, you’ll want to partner with an experienced shed builder who can help you navigate the design process and make your shed dreams a reality. Some traits of quality shed builders to look for include:

Time-Tested Shed Design and Building Experience

Partner with a shed builder that has established a long tradition of masterful design with years of building experience. With a wealth of knowledge and construction experience to draw from, you can be confident your builder will have the expertise to make your shed dreams come true.

Commitment to Quality Materials and Workmanship

As you design your shed, pay attention to the materials that will be used in construction. A quality builder will only use top-of-the-line materials in the design and construction of your shed, ensuring that it will stand the test of time.

Personalized Approach to Your Dream Project

From the design stage to the final installation, a quality builder will take a personalized approach to your shed project, making sure that your vision is faithfully translated into reality.

Full In-House Service Through Every Phase of the Project

A quality builder will offer full in-house design and build services to make sure that every phase of your project is handled with the utmost care and expertise. With no subcontractors to oversee, your builder can ensure that each detail is met and that what was on the design plans is accurately reflected in the finished shed.

14×16 Nantucket with 7′ extended overhang, gray Trex decking, 8′ bar opening with gray granite bar top, and stone and vinyl siding

Start Designing Your Own Custom New England Shed Today

Since 1962, our team at Post Woodworking has partnered with homeowners throughout New Hampshire, Massachusetts, and southern Maine to bring their visions to life. With a commitment to quality craftsmanship and materials, we would be delighted to help you create your own personal escape. 

To start designing your shed, using our digital Shedview tool, or visit our gallery for some inspiration. For more design assistance and information about our shed building process, please contact us today.

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